Bell's Rye Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Rye StoutBell's Rye Stout

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by kbub6f on 12-11-2001

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Reviews: 317 | Ratings: 423
Photo of tykees88
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- a very nice reddish brown. The lacing has a red tinge to it as well. Small head.

S- Smells like chocolate and sweet malts. I don't smell very much rye.

T-Tastes more like rye than it smells. The chocolate is an undertone to the beer. A nice hop flavor. Didn't skimp here.

M- Slick a little too much maybe.

O- It's decent. Creative too. I probably wouldn't revisit, but doesn't mean you shouldn't

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Photo of robbyc1
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark black w fizzy sides, small tan head into a Duvel chalis.

Smells of choc malt and rye spice - good but subdued, might be a bit too cold @ fridge temp.

Taste has smooth chocolate malt, the rye must be buried by the other malt because it does not come through on the flavor, and I love rye malt I dang.

Fizzy for the style, but a good heavy feel. Very easy drinker for a stout, good fullness for the abv. Overall, of their 6 stouts this one is just OK.

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Photo of aracauna
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very much like the spiced stout minus the spices. Dry, less espresso flavor, flavor seems a bit thin. Can't really say this is their best offering since the thin bitter flavor underneath grows the further into the glass you get.

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Photo of manahansf
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-hazy light brown color with ruby red highlights. There is very little head to speak of, but what is present is very lacy and light tan. The nose is grainy and sweet with a similar taste. Grainy malt sweetness is semi-tart and a little harsh. I blame the rye, needs more patent malt maybe? There is no hop presence causing it to be somewhat out of balance, especially with
the light body and high carbonation levels. The finish loses the harshness but the tartness continues as it fades quickly with some lingering sweetness.

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Photo of nickd717
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle via trade as an extra thanks to kramer.

Pours just about pitch black with a small but thick tan head and decent lacing.

Aroma is really roasty with coffee and lots of dark rye bread. A little metal.

Flavor is burnt dark rye toast, coffee, and slight metallicity. Pretty tasty despite the metallic notes, but not quite one of my favorites from Bell's.

Fairly full body and a fairly slick mouthfeel. Somewhat low carbonation.

This beer suffers a bit on drinkability. It does sort of overwhelm you after awhile. Drinking more than one 12oz bottle would be tough. A solid offering overall though.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Its deep brown/black w/ mohogany highlights and some what of a nice head.

S - It has a lot of chocolate with that rye crispness, of a crackerish aroma to it. Clean, some alcohol. Maybe a little plum, definitly bready.

T - Starts off rather simple but then melds into a nice smooth choco/roasted flavor w/ some bready type mocha flavor. Finishes kinda muddy w/ a paperish flavor.

M - Smooth all the way through, but it is rather creamy. No off sensations on the tounge.

D - definitly a good beer. The rye is a nice twist.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with little head, unpleasantly reminiscent of blended black and tans. The flavors are lacking in coffee notes but almost compensates with nice toasted malt flavors. The smooth dry finish is a high note for this blandish understated stout. While the carobonation is nice and the brew is smooth it lacks the creaminess expected. Overall, eh.

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Photo of ahking
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle of this beer in my basement from several years ago. So I am reviewing this beer now after about 3 years of cellaring. I don't really remember what this beer tasted like when I first had it, but I will say that cellaring must not have changed much with it. First of all, it survived the time well, no off flavors, nice carbonation. Aroma is nice and full, roasted coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, and fresh baked bread. Rye is one of my favorite malts and it works well here, adding a spicy edge to the malty stout. Hops are well balanced and go well with the slightly smoky flavor. Overall this is quick drinkable, but nothing special (even after aging it).

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Label has 7235 batch date, not yet in Bell's website database.

This stout pours a deep dark brown color with some ruby highlights. Absolutely, no head, just a thin cream colored line on the outside of the glass. Very little lacing. Strong smell of coffee and malasses, with a smoky background to it. Taste does mimic the smell leaving a slighly dry feeling. This brew has quite a sour and bitter feel, with some carbonation. Not my favorite stout from Bell's, but worthy of a try.

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Photo of Natural510
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color, with only the faintest dark brown hue toward the edges of the glass. Pours only the thinnest layer of foam which quickly dissipates to nothing.
Rye is apparent in the aroma, along with bitter cocoa and coffee.
Heavily roasted malts with cocoa and rye in the flavor. Forest-pine hop provides a nice little buzz in the mouth. A bit of the sweetness you find in a milk stout is included here.
Full-bodied, as expected, but also a bit flat. Could use more carbonation.
Not bad, but not particularly noteworthy either. I expected more from a brewery who already has several stouts on the market.

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Photo of beerphan
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle -> goblet
batch #7235

Pours a shiny black with a one inch caramel brown head, which disappears rather quick. Light falling lace.

Smells of bread, coffee and some sweet malts.

Light coffee and sweet tangy malt. Crisp.

Mouthfeel is silky thin for a stout.

This a very drinkable stout, just not to my personal preferences.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Maduro.

Opaque brown with an interesting aroma of chicory, highly acidic coffee, burnt rye toast, bitter chocolate, cream, and tea leaves. Taste is almost smoky from the rye with an sour quality from the coffee flavors. Tea leave hop finish with well roasted dark malt base. Feel is thick and very dry, an odd combination. Heavy body. Twangy from the coffee and chicory at certain points as well. Not very drinkable for me. I just am not too excited about these flavors. I don’t think they blend or balance well.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown, sits black, with a strong ruby tint at the bottom of the glass. Extra large foamy beige head flowed over the top of the glass.

Nose is mostly light chocolate, with a dab of coffee and a slice of bread.

Taste is typical stout-like chocolate and coffee, though neither shines ith any intensity. Not real roasty. The rye comes through a bit at the end, and adds a slight coarseness to the aftertastes, but is surprisingly minimal.

Good moutheel, solid, smooth, sorta slick. Very easy drinkability.

Perhaps after having Triumph's Jewish Rye earlier this year my expectations were too high, but this, while not bad by any means, was a bit disappointing. Its an ok regular stout, but the rye aspects
let me down.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 23 November 2002. I'm writing this review from my notes. This pours dark brown. The aroma has hints of coffee & roasted nuts. It's hard to describe precisely what the rye adds here, but it's definitely in the mouthfeel. It's different & not outstanding.

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Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is a little spicy with chocolate and dark karo syrup notes. Deep black with a quickly fading tan head. For is spicy and tobacco tinged with the flavor what I imagine hot water that had had rye seeds steeped in it would taste of. Spicy pepper notes tickle the tonsils as I swallow. A smooth choclate malt flavor runs through all ranges. The finish kind of reminds me of a very toned down version of the Stone 03 03 03 and its lingering spiciness. Interesting, but it gets thin and the lack of any real head hurts the visual appeal.

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Photo of MJR
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours opaque black with brown highlights, crowned with a small, dark tan head that you can hear fizzing away to a ring around the glass.

Smell: I pick up on a roasted grain smell, a touch of coffee, and a rye spiciness. Perhaps a touch of sesame seed oil too... Unique nose on this stout.

Taste: Combines a roasted flavor, the spiciness of rye, and a slight sour tang. Starts strong with the coffee bitterness and rye, then finishes with a lactic note. Very interesting flavor!

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy thickness with an oily mouthfeel. Like most of Bell's stouts, goes down really smooth.

Drinkability: Pretty good considering the unique flavor profile. I don't know if anybody else makes a rye stout, but this one's o.k.

Another of the November stouts...this is quite the interesting ride!

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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark brown. Has a two finger head with decent lacing on the snifter.

A light aroma for a stout. It has a hint of rye; not as overwhelming as I expected.

The taste has standard attributes like coffee and chocolate. It also has a creamy and bready taste.

The mouthfeel has a milky creaminess to this stout.

The smokiness and roasted flavor make it good tasting, however, the strong flavor hinders the drinkability.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a dark black...brown around the edges of the glass...with a tan head that quickly falls.

Smells of chocolate, rye bread, vanilla, oats, malts...

Taste is somewhat metallic...bitter up front, but finishes sweet. Very oaty...bitter chocolate, as well. Some faint spices lingering in there. Vanilla, brown sugar, oats, and cream.

Mouthfeel is rather chalky...decently carbonated.

This beer is all right...tastes kind of like a milk stout, actually. I picked up a single bottle, and that works for now.

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Photo of jreitman
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and opaque with a slightly red hue. Very little head was evident. Slightly chocolatey aromas with a hint of some spice. Flavoer had a bizarre tang that sat on top of the chocolate flavors. Fruit and a good sweetness are also present but only start to really show themselves after drinking a few mouth fulls, coincidentally when the tang started to go away too. Finishes dry and spicy.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black opaque with a finger of head. Maltiness and roasted aroma. Taste is of roasted malt. The one thing that seems a bit distinguishing to this beer is a slight sour tangy taste. Rye taste hangs in the background. Well it seems everyone has few words to describe this and I'm no different. It's OK but I don't miss it too much the rest of the year.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the Bell's Cafe. I enjoyed the earthy, roasted character, but overall the stout was just a little too thick and sweet for my liking. This is a pretty big, thick stout, but didn't have the complexity I'd want from a higher-ABV American stout.

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Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nearly opaque black. Some brown around the edges. A small beige head forms, and sticks around as a small cap. Light lace.
S: Light roasted malt and some chocolate. Some odd oily hops. I am not really getting any rye in the nose.
T: Follows the nose. Light roasted and chocolate malt. Overly hopped for the style IMO. Not much spicy or fruity character that I can tell from the rye.
M/D: A medium to full body. Creamy and smooth. Not hard to drink. I can quaff a few with no problem.

Not bad, an average stout. I was not sure what to expect with a rye stout, but there is not much rye from what I can detect. It is still worth a try.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Bell's Rye Stout pours out a nearly black color with a head that quickly fades away. The aroma is a burnt roastiness but with a slightly carboard-like smell behind it. Rye flavor is quite apparent. Nutty, roasted grain. Like the aroma, there's something in the flavor that reminds me of cardboard. A little bit of chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel is medium. No sign of the alcohol. This beer underwhelmed me, but I had high expectations from Bell's, the "King of Stouts".

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Photo of isubsmith
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, bordering on black. Opaque. Light, foamy tan head which quickly dissipated.

Smell: Roasted malts, hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Some burnt, smokey rye smells.

Taste: Interesting... Definate rye tastes up front. Roasted coffee tastes. Some sweet molasses like flavor near the finish.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a bit thin for a stout, but generally good medium body.

Drinkability - Not bad. Worth a try at least.

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Photo of nortmand
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown copper pour, almost no head.

Roast in the nose, but like virtually every other Bell's beer, yeast is dramatically dominate. Stale popcorn.

Astringency throughout. Sweet in the front of the tongue and in the aftertaste. A little but of that metallic rye character in the back of the tongue. Other than that, rye takes a definite backseat.

Medium body, but king of greasy on the tongue, fairly drinkable. About what I've come to expect from Bell's. Average.

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Bell's Rye Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.88 out of 5 based on 423 ratings.
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